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The 2018 Nissan Leaf Will Get The E-Pedal

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be the Japanese automaker’s main electric vehicle offering. As it gets ready to debut for its second generation, Nissan continues to improve it with technology currently being made available in the market. One such technology is the E-Pedal.

But before that, let’s look back at what we know so far. Teases from Nissan showed that the new Leaf will have a refreshed pair of headlights and an upgraded grille. Based on the spy shots gathered, this upcoming model will be more attractive aesthetically compared to the current generation out in the market.

A video also featured the Leaf’s use of the brand’s ProPilot, the semi-autonomous driving system that this new generation will come packaged with. And speaking of autonomous driving, it came as no surprise that Nissan is fitting the 2018 Nissan Leaf with the E-Pedal, which you will either love or hate.

Basically, the E-Pedal is a single-pedal system, which can automatically accelerate or brake depending on the driver’s foot position. When accelerating, there isn’t much difference because it functions just like any ordinary accelerator pedal. What it does after you lift your foot from the pedal is what differentiates it.

As the driver lifts his foot from the accelerator, the car will automatically slow down and will come to a full stop when the foot is completely off the pedal. This will work even when you are on a hill or in a “hanging” position. The commands will be based on the position of your foot on the E-Pedal.

This sounds promising, of course, when you think about the concept of autonomous driving. Drivers, however, will have to get used to having a single-pedal system, though this may backfire to Nissan. It is highly doubtful if people will trust this E-Pedal system enough, or if they will even open up to the idea of using it.

2018 Nissan Leaf Features Self-Parking System


More than its celebrated self-driving capabilities, Nissan is also debuting its self-parking system in the 2018 Nissan Leaf and ProPilot system. Not only will the Leaf be able to make autonomous driving possible, it will also park itself with a click of a button.

The latest teasers for the next-generation 2018 Leaf showed the ProPilot Park. The driver can simply activate the system by pushing a button and searching for their ideal parking space. Once the spot has been chosen and located, the driver will hold down the park button and the 2018 Leaf would take over the handling of the steering input, braking, and light acceleration to park the car perfectly.

Nissan, of course, is still asking drivers to be mindful and attentive in monitoring their surroundings when Leaf is on the ProPilot Park system. The brand, however, is confident that the system will eliminate the stress coming from parking in tight quarters.

ProPilot Assist for Self-Driving Capabilities

Aside from the ProPilot Park system, which would be the perfect companion for those challenged by tight parking spaces, the all-new Nissan Leaf is also offering ProPilot Assist to provide self-driving capabilities in single-lane highway scenarios. So far, the system will be able to handle accelerating, braking, and steering in the proper conditions.

Nissan said the system will eventually navigate city intersections. The technology for this capability is just around the corner.

Nissan Leaf to Arrive September 6

By September 6, Nissan will unveil the 2018 Leaf. Hopefully, it will follow its predecessor’s footsteps because the current-generation Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car worldwide. Since its launch in 2009, it sold 260,000 units globally.

There are still no technical specifications released for the 2018 Nissan Leaf, though there will surely be a wide variety of electric ranges to be offered once it’s released. The current maximum range in the electric vehicle range is 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 250 miles, but the Leaf may exceed that.

3 Things We Learned From the Upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

In our previous article, we have mentioned that Nissan is already clearing up the supply of its first-generation Leaf electric vehicles. In an effort to reach that goal, the automaker has partnered with other companies to provide US customers with up to $10,000 discounts on its lease. The move is to pave the way for the coming of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Thanks to leaks, teasers and reliable reports online, we have learned more about the electric car. Here are the top 3 juicy stuff we uncovered about the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV:

Design

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The new Nissan Leaf EV is heavily inspired by the Micra. The leaked photo here and the spy shot on top show the electric car with more aggressive styling.

The new design is in contrast with the existing Leaf with mild-looking fascia. The baggy camouflage wrap of the spied new model of the auto make it hard to distinguish its body lines and actual edges though.

Electric Motor

There is no word yet about the possible boost in the electric motor output of the EV but it is speculated to get more driving range. From full-charge, he car is estimated to run up to 340 miles on pure electric power before its battery runs out of juice. The number is more than double the capability of the current model of the Leaf.

Arrival

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will likely be unveiled a couple of months from now. The sale of the car might start in December. However, other sources claim that the car will hit the market during the early part of next year.

Photos

Check out the teaser and leaked spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV in the gallery below:

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